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Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
رئيس وزراء المملكة العربية السعودية
Mohammed bin Salman
since 27 September 2022 (2022-09-27)
StyleCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Your Majesty (Diplomatic)
Formation23 September 1932
ResidenceAl-Yamamah Palace
Al-Salam Palace

The Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia (Arabic: رئيس مجلس الوزراء, romanizedraʾīs majlis al-wuzaraʾ) is the chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman has been Prime Minister since 27 September 2022.[1]


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The office was created along with the Council of Ministers on 9 October 1953, by decree of King Saud. Due to unrest within the royal family over his rule, Saud was forced to appoint his half-brother, Crown Prince Faisal, as prime minister. An ongoing power struggle between the two led to Faisal's resignation in 1960, allowing Saud to reclaim the reins of government, but continued discontent saw Faisal return as prime minister in 1962. After the deposition of Saud in 1964, Faisal succeeded him as king, while remaining prime minister. Since then the two offices have been merged.[2] Since the reign of King Khalid, others have done much of the "heavy lifting" as the king was either unwilling or unable to carry the workload, especially as the kingdom became a gerontocracy during the 1990s and 2000s. Royal favorites achieved power to become de facto prime ministers. The current one is the King's son Mohammad, who is his father's top aide.


Styles of
The Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
Reference styleHis Majesty
Spoken styleCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
  • Ibn Saud
  • عبد العزيز
(1875-01-15)15 January 1875 –
9 November 1953(1953-11-09) (aged 78)
22 September 1932 (aged 57)9 November 1953
(death by natural causes)
Reign established by conquestSaudIbn Saud of Saudi Arabia
  • سعود
(1902-01-12)12 January 1902 –
23 February 1969(1969-02-23) (aged 67)
9 November 1953 (aged 51)2 November 1964
Son of Ibn Saud and Wadhah bint Muhammad bin 'AqabSaudSaud of Saudi Arabia
  • فيصل
(1906-04-14)14 April 1906 –
25 March 1975(1975-03-25) (aged 68)
2 November 1964 (aged 58)25 March 1975
Son of Ibn Saud and Tarfa bint Abduallah bin Abdulateef al SheekhSaudFaisal of Saudi Arabia
  • خالد
(1913-02-13)13 February 1913 –
13 June 1982(1982-06-13) (aged 69)
25 March 1975 (aged 62)13 June 1982 (death by natural causes)Son of Ibn Saud and Al Jawhara bint Musaed bin JiluwiSaudKhalid of Saudi Arabia
  • فهد
16 March 1921 – 1 August 2005 (aged 84)13 June 1982 (aged 61)1 August 2005 (death by natural causes)Son of Ibn Saud and Hussa bint Ahmed Al SudairiSaudFahd of Saudi Arabia
  • عبد الله
(1924-08-01)1 August 1924 –
23 January 2015(2015-01-23) (aged 90)
1 August 2005 (aged 81)23 January 2015 (death by natural causes)Son of Ibn Saud and Fahda bint Asi Al ShuraimSaudAbdullah of Saudi Arabia
  • سلمان
(1935-12-31) 31 December 1935 (age 87)23 January 2015 (aged 79)27 September 2022
(cabinet reshuffle)
Son of Ibn Saud and Hussa bint Ahmed Al SudairiSaudSalman of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
  • محمد بن سلمان
(1985-08-31) 31 August 1985 (age 37)27 September 2022IncumbentSon of King Salman and Fahda bint Falah Al HithlainSaudMohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

From the time of the coup until the cabinet reshuffle on 27 September 2022, the Kingship and the prime ministership were one and the same.

De facto

See also


  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince to become Kingdom's Prime Minister: Royal decree". Al Arabiya English. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  2. ^ أرشيف-شاهد على العصر-الأمير طلال بن عبد العزيز ج1 [Watch the Times – Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz] (in Arabic). Al Jazeera. 31 July 2016. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ *"Saudi Arabia". WorldStatesman. Ben Cahoon. Retrieved 2014-03-31.